A truck was the latest victim of the tricky entry at the fuel station Wednesday morning.
A truck was the latest victim of the tricky entry at the fuel station Wednesday morning. Emma Channon

Red tape holds back gutter work

THE unpleasant grinding sound of a vehicle bottoming out is something Caltex Fuel petrol station owner Andrea Bushman has had to get used to.

It's not just restricted to long trucks either - the phenomenom happens to caravans and cars frequently.

Mrs Bushman said the deep gutter to the Locke St entrance has been a problem as long as she could remember. On Wednesday a truck had to be rescued after it became stuck.

"Most trucks don't attempt coming in there now because of it. Even small cars bottom out if they don't take it wide," she said.

The owner said she was trying to fix the problem, but likened it to "jumping through hoops" to have work completed.

"The amount of red tape involved is ridiculous," she said.

A Southern Downs Regional Council spokeswoman said the entrance was the responsibility of the landowner.

"However they require council approval before commencing works," she said.

"A council officer discussed the access with the shop operators. Possible solutions were spoken about, and the officer provided information regarding an application (for work)."


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